Archive for 17 Dec 2006

Extolling the Female Tongue

Posted: 17 Dec 2006 in Politics
This is an interesting article from the American Thinker.
As a man, I agree.
Enough said…

By Selwyn Duke

A long time ago I read a short online piece about how women could get their men to put the toilet seat down. Inherent in it was the idea that this was an example of men’s lack of consideration and that the task at hand was one of disciplining these bad boys. I don’t know, my attitude is that if women can leave a toilet seat down, men can leave it up.

Of course, this is just a silly, pebble-in-the-shoe issue, but I see it as a metaphor for a modern phenomenon: The casting of women’s characteristic behaviors as the norm and men’s as dysfunctional deviations.

This is strikingly obvious with the topic of “communication.” Man has long known that women were the more loquacious sex, and you’ve probably heard of studies to this effect. A recent book states that women have about 20,000 “communication events” (I love these terms the psycho-babblers conjure up) a day, versus about 7,000 for men. But this is nothing new; who didn’t know a bevy of garrulous girls in school?

What is new is the assumption that this imputes superiority to women. Communication has become one of the buzzwords of modern psychology. And, whenever relationships are at issue – be it in a book, article, talk or interview – almost invariably an “expert” will inform us of two things. One is that women communicate more than men. The other is that an onus belongs on men as this “handicap” of theirs is an impediment to good relations. Why, men need to learn to communicate more and share their feelings, we’re told.

Did anyone ever think that maybe women communicate too darn much?

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By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON,

Dec. 15, 2006 – The Defense Department bid farewell to the 21st secretary of
defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld, in a full honors parade at the Pentagon today.

PresidentBush; Vice President Richard B. Cheney; Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the

Joint Chiefs of Staff; and many other DoD leaders joined employees and servicemembers to honor Rumsfeld, who has led the department for six years.

“Because of Don Rumsfeld’s determination and leadership, America has the best equipped, the best trained, and the most experienced armed forces in the history of the world,” Bush said during the ceremony. “This man knows how to lead, and he did, and the country is better off for it.”Bush praised Rumsfeld for preparing the military for the threats of the 21st centuryand for his determined leadership after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11,2001. When the Pentagon was hit, Rumsfeld’s first instinct was to run toward dangerand help the wounded, and afterwards he launched one of the most innovativecampaigns in history going after al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Bush said. Rumsfeld then led Operation Iraqi Freedom, driving Saddam Hussein from power in 21 days and helping the Iraqi government form a free democracy in the heart of the Middle East.

So long Don. It’s been interesting.

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Toying with Genocide

Posted: 17 Dec 2006 in Politics
American Digest
1. The Most Dangerous Game

LURKING BENEATH OUR INTERNAL ARGUMENT concerning the relentless
demographic expansion of Islam into the West without assimilation, is
the persistent background question, “Oh, my, whatever shall WE do with
THEM?”

WE are, you see, like muddlers and fiddlers since Nero, worried
about THEM. Our doltish conservative muddlers and fiddlers worry about
what “THEY will do to US” if we aren’t very, very careful and selective
about which of THEM we capture or kill while WE seek to give THEM the
“gifts” of freedom and democracy. Our brave new fiddlers on the Left
fiddle about worrying if THEY have enough to eat, enough to wear,
enough respect, enough, in short, of the love THEY deserve for not
killing US today.

Both bumbling groups may differ in the focus of their fretting, but
fret they do. For the problem, as they have defined it, has to do with
what is commonly stated as ‘a statistically small group of Muslims
around the world’ who need to be dealt with in some manner so that
greater Islam can get on with the historic task of being “a religion of
peace and understanding.” The majority of both camps of muddlers and
fiddlers agree on this one thing: It isn’t Islam that’s the problem,
just a few heretics that have gotten out of hand in their zeal to obey
the will of God, and, hey, who hasn’t done that from time to time?

One solution, commonly referenced as “the Left/Liberal” position is
essentially “leave them alone and they’ll come home. They know its for
their own good.” The other solution, “the Right/Conservative” position,
is to force assimilation, modernization, reformation and democratic
mechanisms upon Islam “for its own good.”

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